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Work and Employment Change in the Logistics Sector

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Logistics, is broadly defined as the synchronisation of the movement of goods from the point of production to the point of sale and/or delivery. It embraces modes of transportation (rail, ship, truck, flight, delivery) as well as the coordination of nodes of transfer or storage (ports, warehouses, distribution centres). With the increasing geographical fragmentation of production from points of consumption, is increasingly recognised as providing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods within global value chains and production networks. The contested territory between logistics providers and their client organisations has significant implications for labour, the labour process and for collective worker organisation. Logistics workers find themselves within a ‘perfect storm’ of globalisation, fragmented production, new logistics technologies, de-regulated and segmented labour markets coupled with eroding collective regulation (Cowan 2014, Gutelius 2015, Newsome 2015). This project will seek to explore the impact of the so-called ‘logistics revolution’ on work and employment. Applications concerned which exploring any aspect of work and employment change of the logistics function are welcome.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.50

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